Poultry Against Extreme Poverty: An Early Assessment of Poultry in CFPR/TUP

The objective of this study is to make an assessment of the benefits received and the challenges faced, in using poultry rearing to the ultra-poor in the CFPR/TUP program. Nevertheless, ensuring the economic/technical aspects of asset returns in poultry rearing and its viability are not sufficient in themselves, changes will also have to make in the sociopolitical settings in which the ultra-poor conduct their lives. An enabling environment must also be present which gives political and institutional space to enable the participants to take the next step out of poverty. Participants who are part of the TUP Baseline Database and have chosen poultry rearing, as part of the TUP’s Special Investment Program, were selected for this study. Therefore, data were collected for 120 participants in poultry rearing 1 to form the basis for a detailed survey to document the change in livelihoods for the participants over a period of 6 months. Moreover, case studies focusing on areas such as marketing, control over assets, conflict and negotiation, etc provide a more qualitative assessment of the program. The report found that there has been a considerable positive change in the livelihoods of poultry recipients. However, there are certain challenges faced by ultra-poor households in poultry rearing. The report concluded that the positive experience from the activities in the CFPR/TUP program illustrate how poultry production can be used as a viable tool in poverty alleviation. It also provided some recommendations for the issues it identified.

Authors: Dada, Ayesha; Matin, Imran
Type: Report
Year: 2003